• Tonight: All Lit Roads Will Lead To Ram Pasture

    Residents are reminded that the 29th Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Ceremony will be tonight. Entertainment will begin by 6:30, and First Selectman Pat Llodra will light the tree at 7 pm. The first of three tree lightings that had been planned for last weekend, the Ram Pasture event was postponed last week due to poor weather on December 6. This event is centered around the trees at the corner of Elm Drive and Hawley Lane. Hundreds of luminarias will again surround Hawley Pond and line streets in the immediate vicinity, leading those who are walking from nearby roads (and homes, for some) to the trees.

  • Theater Review: Well Crafted Farce Keeps The Laughs Flying At TheatreWorks

    "Boeing Boeing" is a six door farce by the late Marc Camoletti, a French architect turned playwright who was an admirer of both Molière and American screwball comedies. The title is a pun, in that when you hear it, you think of something bouncing back and forth — boing boing fashion — which is fitting for the type of play in which Bernard, the philandering main character, is trying to juggle three separate romantic entanglements, only to have them collide when the wrong fiancée shows up for dinner, while another one is taking a shower. The title word is spelled with an “e” as in Boeing Jets, however, because Bernard’s special shtick is that he only dates international flight attendants, who fly three different routes for three different airlines. This show, currently in production at TheatreWorks New Milford, is Joe Russo’s baby, and he has taken great care with it. The production, which continues weekends until January 4, offers up a fast paced, very enjoyable evening.

  • Theater Review: Sherman’s Third Panto, ‘Aladdin’ Continues A Great Tradition

    For the third year in a row, The Sherman Players are presenting a “Christmas Panto” — something that is traditional in Britain, and hopefully will become a tradition here as well, since the two that I’ve seen (last year’s "Cinderella," and this year’s "Aladdin") — are rollicking good fun, designed to entertain young children, but delightful fun for grownups as well. The show combines lively music and serious vocal talent with campy female impersonation, topical humor, and a cast that is a seamless mix of kids and adults, while the audience sings along, and shouts out helpful advice.

  • Giving Tree Helps Those In Need, Promotes Character

    A Giving Tree stands in the Edmond Town Hall lobby this year. Promoting the tree that is intended to benefit community members in need, the Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers and the Newtown Prevention Council staff promoted the tree earlier this week. The council is the inaugura...

  • Theater Review: ‘Fences’ Is Good For A Number Of Reasons

    All our identity is shaped by the private oceans of our experience. For Troy Maxson, the tragic hero of Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning "Fences," currently in production at Long Wharf’s C. Newton Schenck III Theatre, his sense of who he is came from a harsh childhood on a sharecropper’s acres in Alabama, where his brutal father raised his 12 motherless children. In some ways, thematically, "Fences" brings to mind Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman." Certainly the final plea by Willy Loman’s wife (“Attention must be paid”) is a fitting comment on the life of Troy Maxson. Wilson’s characters are less abstract, however, and easier to care about, than the Loman family. There is a subtle difference between a very good play and a great one. Personally, I think "Fences" is a great one, and I recommend that you go see it while you can.

  • Newly Elected Ambulance Chief Aims To Double Volunteer Membership

    On a rare quiet morning in the cramped quarters that serve as the base for Newtown’s busy Volunteer Ambulance Corps, newly elected Chief Mike Collins was much more interested in talking about his 50-plus active and dedicated colleagues than himself. And if he has his wish, in the coming year or so, he will have plenty more new colleagues to talk about. One of the primary goals of the volunteer company’s new leader is to more than double the number of volunteers serving the community and its almost 60 square miles encompassing homes, businesses, forests, farms, and the thousands of commuters who pass through Newtown 365 days a year its roadways and adjacent interstate.

  • Song Of Kindness Resonates With RIS Singers

    Reed Intermediate School sixth grade chorus and concert choir members crowded onto risers in the practice room at their school on November 26, for the first of multiple sessions of music teacher Michelle Tenenbaum’s fifth and sixth graders to meet with the Connecticut-based indie rock band Alternate Routes. Led by founding band members Tim Warren and Eric Donnelly, the band was at the school for a run-through of their original song, “Nothing More,”...

  • Angel Of Hope Arrives At St Rose, Dedication Ceremony Planned

    Angels of Hope Inc.’s website says their angel statues “serve as beacons of hope for those suffering from the emotional and physical absence of a child.” In October an Angel of Hope statue was delivered to Newtown. The angel has a face of a The angel has a face of a child and stands 4’ 3” with a wingspan of 5’ 2”. The word Hope is inscribed inside its wing. Lisa Brown says she remembers waking up shortly after 12/14 and thinking she had to get Newtown an angel. The first person the Waterbury resident called was best-selling author Richard Paul Evans, who wrote "The Christmas Box." The book created the basis for the statues. Donations for from around the world helped cover the cost of creating and installing the statue, which will be formally dedicated on the evening of December 14.

  • Caroline Previdi Toy Chest Will Carry On One Child’s Generous Spirit

    Caroline Previdi was the kind of child who was always thinking of others. “She realized at a very young age that she was blessed, and she wanted other children to be able to have gifts underneath their Christmas trees,” said Sandy Previdi, Caroline’s mother. For two years, when she was just 4 and 5 years old, Caroline would visit St Rose Church and donate all of the money from her piggy bank to The St Rose Knights of Columbus Toy Chest. After their daughter was killed on 12/14, Sandy and Jeff Previdi asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to their daughter's favorite charity. The Knights of Columbus recently renamed the program The Caroline Previdi Toy Chest, to honor the young girl's generosity.

  • Theater Review: 'Chicago' The Latest Reason To Take Advantage Of A Good Thing At WCSU

    Western Connecticut State University sits so quietly in the center of Danbury that we sometimes might be tempted to take it for granted, and in so doing, miss out on its depth as a powerhouse in the fields of theater arts and music. All you need do to discover this, however, is to take in one of their annual musical productions at the Berkshire Hall Theater. Not only are these an entertainment bargain, at $20 a ticket, but they are in fact, spectacularly good — filled with professional caliber singing and dancing, and staged with technical perfection in the areas of costumes, lighting, and sets. A case in point was the recent rendition of the Kander, Ebb and Fosse musical Chicago, which was offered last month. While it was directed, choreographed and designed by members of the faculty, the production showcased the talents of the many dozens of students who are attending Western to major in theatrical performance.